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Gods And Generals [DVD] 
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Four-hour prequel to the American Civil War historical drama 'Gettysburg', featuring battle reenactments filmed in many of their real locations. Centring on the life of legendary war hero 'Stonewall' Jackson, the film charts the early years of the Civil War from the campaigns at Manassas to the Battle of Fredericksburg.
A sweeping epic charting the early years of the Civil War and how campaigns unfolded from Manassas to the Battle of Fredericksburg, this prequel to the film Gettysburg explores the motivations of the combatants and examines the lives of those who waited at home.
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"Gettysburg" focussed on a relatively short span of time showing how events unfolded over three days to build up to the shattering conclusion of Pickett's charge. This film covers too much time, too many battles and can't make up its mind whether it is a documentary on the early part of the ACW or a biopic of "Stonewall" Jackson. Some parts are memorable - the tragic encounter between the Union and Confederate Irish Brigades at Jacksonville for example - but they are lost in lots and lots of boring detail.
Same applies to the books. The difference between the father's book "Killer Angels" and the son's sequel and prequel is that the latter are crammed so full of detail that the drama of the story gets swamped. They are an OK read if you're interested in the ACW but they lack the drama and interest that makes the first such a good read.
followed events depicted in 'Gods And Generals' was made and released first....sadly because for whatever
reason this film didn't do so well, the third 'Last Full Measure' was shelved...shame.
''I never thought i'd live to see the day when the President of The United States would raise an army to invade his own Country -
'General Robert E Lee'
A war that would deepen division throughout a nation in the hope of uniting it, a war that would set brother against brother, a
war that would create far too many widows and fatherless children, a war in which both sides believed their cause to be just.
The film starts with 'General Robert E Lee' (Robert Duvall) rejecting the invitation to lead the Union-Army against the Southern
states rebellion, and resigning his post, as a southerner he is only too aware that his home state of Virginia could and almost
certainly would join the conflict to try and repel the invaders.....He was destined to be the commander of The Southern army.
The film does try to see the conflict from both sides though centers it's attention on Confederate General 'Thomas Johnathan
'Stonewall' Jackson' a religious man, yet brilliant military man, who would lead his troops to many successes during the first
half of the war-years.
There were indeed many battles, both sides achieving victories...the film depicts three of them, two in 1862 'Manassas'
'Fredericksburg' both Confederate successes, and in 1863 'Chancellorsville' during which, though a Confederate success, saw
'Stonewall Jackson' accidentally mortally wounded by his own troops whilst out riding at night with his staff planning the next
The battle that would, though the war was only half way through, almost certainly turn the conflict in the Unions favour was
but a few weeks away - Gettysburg
The film i feel was unfairly criticised by many.....
With prolonged and well-staged and brutal battle sequences the film i feel captures the high's and lows of battle and it's effect
on loved ones, along with the despair experienced by civilians as their homes became under siege.
A well made historical film...though only telling a small portion of the overall story
(Reviewed after re-watching the theatrical-version i own, however realising there were significant additions including the build-up
and indeed September 1862 Battle of 'Antietam' in the extended-cut, i have since added this to my collection - worth considering)
Top marks to a triumph of a Movie!!!
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